Hands of Peace
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An interfaith organization that develops peace-building and leadership skills in Israeli, Palestinian, and American teens through the power of dialogue and personal relationships.
Why It's In Slingshot
Hands of Peace (HOP) works to create cross-border understanding and a new generation of champions for peace in Israel and the West Bank. To accomplish this goal, the organization runs 18-day summer programs in Chicago and San Diego for Israeli, Palestinian, and American teenagers. Participants stay with local families (many of whom are Jewish), participate in community service projects, and gain leadership and communication skills. The program makes a powerful impact on the teenage participants, and also allows host families to personally connect with Palestinians and Israelis, which deepens their own Jewish identities and builds their knowledge about the conflict. HOP reduces stereotypes and allows everyone involved to better understand “the other” by viewing conflict through another person’s experience. HOP also raises American understanding about conflict in the Middle East. American teenage participants learn about conflict resolution and global engagement up close, inspiring deeper involvement in conversations about the Israel-Palestinian conflict in their communities. Most teens participate in alumni meetings for at least one year, and many host families choose to participate again, some for six summers or more. In Chicago, HOP maintains partnerships with local synagogues, including Evanston’s Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, and Highland Park’s Congregation Solel, as well as creating new connections with additional synagogues and the local Federation. These partnerships allow HOP to continue deepening its influence and further its goal of fostering long-term peaceful coexistence.
Ways To Get Involved
2. Serve as a host family during our annual July summer program in Chicago!
3. Participate in our summer program (Americans, Israelis, and Palestinians, ages 15-17).